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A maze of tar splitting the page,
Like the imperfections of wrinkles under your eyes.

~ from ‘Mapping Love’ by Joe, First Place (Secondary), Poetry Object 2018

Red Room Poetry Object is Australasia’s largest free poetry-writing competition for young people, with over $10,000 in prizes to be won! Poetry Object ignites imaginations by inviting young writers (Years 3-10) and their teachers to create poems inspired by treasured, curious or talismanic objects.

Every year we publish new curriculum-aligned resources and commission celebrated poets to create original poems and deliver poetic learning workshops.

Since 2011, Poetry Object has encouraged creative literacy and community connection across Australasia. Every year we engage 3000+ students and teachers, and we have published over 15,000 poems to date.


Poetry Object in 2019 

Our 2019 commissioned poets are Stuart BarnesClaire G ColemanArielle CottinghamPola FanousEleanor JacksonBenjamin LairdJacqui Malins and Zech Soakai. Each poet shares their own special object and insights into their writing process to kindle student and teacher imaginations.

This year's judge is award-winning poet Emilie Zoey Baker.

Our partners include Art Gallery NSW, Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, National Gallery of Australia, National Museum of Australia, New Zealand National Poetry Day and Regional Express Airlines. 

Get started

  1. Register your school for Poetry Object 2019
  2. Explore our learning resources and our digital Poetry Object library of submitted poems
  3. Book a school workshop or teacher PD session (optional)
  4. Write and edit your poems
  5. Submit to Poetry Object via the link sent in your registration confirmation email
  6. Spread the word! Share this page with colleagues, or put up these posters around your school.

Key dates

Submissions open: Thursday 18 April
Submissions close: Friday 27 September (5pm AEST)
Shortlist announced: October
Winners announced: November-December


Workshops and Professional Development

Extend your learning: Poetry Object poets are available to present poetic learning workshops in classrooms and special locations, and via digital networks, across Australia and New Zealand.

Book a Workshop > Secure your school's spot in the above workshops or to bring a poet directly to your classroom

Learn more about workshops
Find teacher professional development sessions

Multimedia Installation category 

Poetry Object also encourages schools to create and submit multimedia poetic installations. Celebrate creative ways to engage with visual arts, STEM and humanities in your classroom!

Poems to Share

Inspired by original poems from Poetry Object, Poems to Share II ($32.95) is an interactive classroom resource designed to enliven poetic learning through language, literature and literacy, created in partnership with AATE. 


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